With only a few days to go to Mother's Day on Sunday 10th March, why not treat your Mum to something a little more special by breaking away from the flowers and chocolate cliché? Booking a last minute break is the perfect gift whether she loves adventure, exploring or simply looking to unwind. To give you some starting inspiration, we've cherry picked our top 5 last minute destinations.
With France just a stones throw away and so easily accessible it can be considered the perfect weekend destination. Catch a ferry or train in the morning and in just over an hour you'll be at the Eiffel Tower, seeing the Notre Dame and experiencing all that France has to offer.
If you're looking to learn, hire a bike and take a guided tour, or hop on a taxi tour that allows you to stand up while driving and take photos. France is also home to Le Musée des Arts Forains (an old amusement ride arcade) and the original Statue of Liberty.
There are plenty of ways that you can save money with your trip to France; look for deals on hotels with free meals, discounts on travel, or 2 for 1 activities.
Belgium may be famous for its chocolate, beer and waffles but what about treating your Mum to a dinner in the sky experience? Located at Parc Cinquantenaire, diners are seated around a large table that is raised 164ft high, and one staff member cooks and serves your entire meal. This one is not for the faint hearted, however offers some beautiful views as the sun sets. Weather is also an important factor to consider when booking your experience.
If heights are not your thing, why not take a dive in the world's deepest indoor pool? Nemo 33 in Brussels offers visitors the chance to dive to a depth of 34.5 metres and explore a series of underwater caves.
With so many twists and turns, Venice is the ideal location for those wanting to explore. Cannaregio, Zattere, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, the Rialto Bridge and the palaces are good places to visit. Venice is home to an array of religious buildings that prove popular with visitors, but did you know that there is a well in the middle of every square?
No trip to Venice is complete without a gondola ride and a taste of the Italian cuisine!
Although you may have visited London before, why not do something that you've never done? Book an open bus tour, take a trip on the London Eye, or see a show at the West End.
If you get caught up in the hustle and bustle of city life, stop off for the British tradition of afternoon tea at Claridge's, or have a go at being a chocolatier on a sweet treat making workshop and take home your creations.
Famous for its scenic countryside and mountains, consider taking a trip up to the North UK to the Lake District if you're looking for something a bit more relaxing.
If you visit Spain, be sure to try traditional Spanish cuisine such as tapas and paella. If you visit the city of Granada order a drink and you will receive a free tapas!
Spain also offers a shopping experience with a twist! Pay a visit to Madrid Xanadu, a shopping centre but also the second largest indoor facility in the world for winter sports. Other things to do in Spain include visiting the beautiful Cerralbo Museum or seeing a flamenco show.
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Happy Mother's Day from Alpha Travel Insurance!
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